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running pig May 21, 2012 02:23 PM

Hello!

I am going to be in the Monterey area this Friday and am hoping for a romantic dinner in the Monterey area. I prefer Pacific Grove but Carmel and Monterey would be OK.

Elegance is not importance...a quiet little cottage somewhere would be perfect. However, money is not a limiting factor so upscale would be fine.

Open to many cuisines except for a menu that focuses heavily on seafood.

MANY, MANY thanks in advance....you Chowhounders are a lovely group :-)

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    syrahgirl May 22, 2012 11:06 AM

    This past Sat. we dined at Casanova for dinner at La Bicyclette for lunch. Both places have excellent food. PortaBella is also a cozy little cottage with great food in downtown Carmel. :)

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      dmourati May 25, 2012 09:12 PM

      I'll recommend Passionfish in Pacific Grove.

      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/396627

      Sustainable seafood and an excellent wine selection that is priced pretty close to retail.

      It can be romantic but I'd phone ahead to talk to the staff about a special table. Other times we've been there we were seated very close to other couples.

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        Melanie Wong May 27, 2012 02:35 PM

        Everyone's idea of what is romantic varies, and I have to say that I don't find Passionfish romantic at all. Too noisy and tables squished very close together as you've noted, plus not much service. If there's a special table where one can escape that, I'm all ears.

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        PattyC May 26, 2012 06:04 AM

        I was going to recommend Aubergine but noticed their current 4 course offers a choice of seafood or seafood for the second course ;) but I think you could call ahead and arrange a substitution. We had an excellent dinner there on Tuesday.

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          running pig May 28, 2012 09:36 PM

          Thanks, everyone....we ended up having one of the most romantic dinners possible in Pacific Grove: a picnic at Lover's Point with food gathered in Carmel. Thanks, anyway!

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            dmourati May 30, 2012 09:37 AM

            That's the way to do it.

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